THE TIREE WAVE CLASSIC 2006
(and adventure sports activities)
The Isle of Tiree, Scotland
Saturday 14 – Saturday 21 October
‘some of the most dynamic sporting action you will see in the UK’ –
From 14 to 21 October 2006 The Tiree Wave Classic, one of the most
legendary events on the UK’s annual windsurfing calendar, returns to
the stunning island off the West coast of Scotland (often described
as The Hawaii of the North or The Land Below the Waves).
Supported again by Argyll & Bute Council, EventScotland, Argyll & the
Islands Enterprise and VisitScotland the week long event guarantees
extreme adrenaline fuelled action as some of the World’s best sailors
come together to brave the full Atlantic furies of wind and waves off
this remote and exposed island to compete in freestyle, wave jumping
and supercross disciplines – The Triple Crown.
Every day sailors will tour the beautiful beaches on the Isle of
Tiree in order to take advantage of the best of the ever-changing
conditions. Last year’s winners John Skye and Ruth Elliott will be
defending their 2005 titles, but hot on their respective heels will
be Ben Proffitt, Chris Audsley Phil Horrocks; and Lucy Robson and
Tanya Saleh, together with some of the UK’s top sailors desperate to
take the hugely prized Tiree Wave Classic crown.
Paul Bush, Deputy Chief Executive commented ‘EventScotland is
delighted to be supporting the Tiree Wave Classic for the fourth year
in-a-row. We have helped develop this event with our partners to a
point where it holds immense value to Tiree. The Tiree Wave Classic
is a great example of how major international events can showcase the
diverse nature of Scotland’s natural assets while also providing a
great sporting occasion for visitors to enjoy.’
Every day promises to be as good as any other but to see the best of
the action, chat to the competitors, experience the judging process
and take part in the best of the other free adventure activities on
offer organisers suggest at least a two day visit.
Visitors and residents alike can rest assured that there is always
something happening on the island during the week of the event. The
Tiree Wave Classic Event village, run by the Tiree Wave Classic
Management Group, is located at the Tiree Lodge Hotel, Gott Bay, and
will be running a whole host of adventure sports throughout the
duration of the event, the majority of which are free to all.
Activities include, Blo Karts (sand yachting for all ages) run by Blo
Kart International, surfing tuition run by Clan Skates, surf kayaking
and impact zone activities (ie cliff jumping and gorge walking) run
by Hebridean Pursuits and windsurfing and kite surfing tuition run by
Tiree’s own Wild Diamond. Power boat trips are also available;
everything from a jetski to a 15 seater rib to a Zap Cat, the
official rescue boat capable of 50 miles an hour through the waves.
And for those looking for a wind powered trip there is sailing on a
Hobie Cat. Skippinish Tours will also be running boat and fishing
trips by arrangement.
Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries run a crossing once everyday from Oban.
However on Thursday 19 October, Cal Mac are offering a fantastic
opportunity to see the event and be back on the mainland within one
day. On this special crossing the ferry will be taking the southern
route via Mull and Fingals cave (weather conditions dependent) – a
tour not to be missed. Details can be found on the Tiree Wave
Classic website www.tireewaveclassic.com by clicking on the
Caledonian MacBrayne link.
The conditions at The Tiree Wave Classic always test the competitors
to the full so they are always in the mood to party at the end of the
day – everything from live bands to quiz nights to full on party
nights! The nightly entertainment laid on at The Tiree Lodge Hotel
and The Scarinish Hotel is legendary in the windsurfing calendar and
the hotels extend their welcome to all visitors to dine or drink
throughout the day and evening. To take advantage of the
entertainment opportunities contact the Tiree Wave Classic
Headquarters, in the Lodge Hotel from Saturday 14- 21 October on
01879 220 368.